Economics of Tobacco Taxation Toolkit

Developed by the World Bank Group Global Tobacco Control Program, this tobacco taxation toolkit is geared towards helping economists, public health specialists, researchers, and others to analyze the economic and public health issues surrounding tobacco taxation in order that they can provide direct information and recommendations to policymakers, especially in developing countries.

To this end, the toolkit aims to build knowledge and a good understanding of excise tax policies as they relate to tobacco products (specifically cigarettes) and how excise taxes have been designed and implemented around the globe.

The toolkit draws on lessons learned in developing and implementing excise tax on tobacco to achieve two key objectives: (a) the public health objective of reducing demand for tobacco products (in particular, consumption among current smokers), and reducing the number of new smokers via higher prices induced by taxes; and (b) achieving higher overall tax revenues by efficient excise tax systems. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance and refers to existing tools and methodologies to help researchers conducting in-country analyses.

Source: World Bank Group
Date: March 2018


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